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Adam Smith Escape Room
High School teachers who teach Adam Smith are already going beyond the requirements. Use the Adam Smith Escape Room to to take your students beyond the ordinary as well. The activity is modeled on the “Escape Rooms” games where players are put into a specific setting and must find clues and solve puzzles in order to “escape” and win the game. Students will explore big questions from Wealth of Nations and think about what inspires economists to study the world around them.
Adam Smith’s Pin Factory & the Division of Labor Pipe Cleaner Activity
Put students to work in their own (pipe cleaner) pin factory then show them an interactive virtual tour of Adam Smith’s famous factory from The Wealth of Nations. Explore with high school or introductory university students the way that the division of labor specialization help individuals make better things faster.
Essential Words in—and not in—Adam Smith's Essential Works
Caleb Petitt and Daniel Klein for AdamSmithWorks209 vs 0. That's the tally between the mentions of "sympathy" in Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments vs his Wealth of Nations. Caleb Petitt and Daniel Klein keep count on this and much more. The dramatic difference in the language used by Smith in his two books does not reflect a change in Smith over time...The language shift is all part of a larger, coherent, unified attempt to improve people’s judgments. October 26, 2022
Smith's Labor Theory Thought Experiment
Eric Schliesser for AdamSmithWorks If you look at the wider context, Smith is (a) either describing/stipulating a particular measure or (b) using a thought experiment to introduce a much more complex claim than the LTV. And (c) Smith has a number of measures of value. This last point (c) suggests that (d) strictly speaking Smith does not have a single theory of value at all in the sense that is at stake when people attribute a LTV to him.October 12, 2022
Smith to Entrepreneurs: Go Forth with Prudence
Kacey Reeves West for AdamSmithWorksKacey Reeves West examines Smith on entrepreneurs and prudent entrepreneurship from princes to politicians to businesswomen. "Smith cautions that these life-changing opportunities might tempt individuals to abandon virtue and embrace vice. For that reason, Smith calls on individuals to tackle life-changing opportunities with prudence and justice lest they fall prey to disordered ambition."September 28, 2022
Smithian Spectatorship in Liberal Democracies
Thomas Bunting for AdamSmithWorksAdam Smith demonstrates the primacy of emotion and feeling for creating morality and society. For Smith, we experience these emotions through spectatorship, culminating in the creation of the impartial spectator. September 14, 2022
The Scottish Enlightenment & the Distinction of Ranks
October, 2022with Amy Willis